Catalina Holiday Cheer : Catalina Express

Catalina Holiday Cheer

A view of Avalon Bay and the Casino during the Holidays.

Looking for getaway plans for this holiday season? Enjoy the holidays with family and friends in paradise on the beaches of Catalina Island. Shop and celebrate with ease during Catalina Island’s holiday season.

Holiday props in front of the Via Casino Arch.

Shop Catalina & Community Tree Lighting

Check off holiday shopping from your list at this year’s 30th Annual Shop Catalina on Saturday, December 2 from 12pm to 8pm. Support local small businesses during this event and receive discounts on gifts. Take part in the holiday festivities after you’ve completed your shopping with activities that are occurring throughout the day. Don’t miss out on Santa Claus’s arrival on a vintage fire truck followed by the Community Tree Lighting. For more information, a list of scheduled events and Catalina participants, please visit LoveCatalina.com!

50th Anniversary New Years Eve Gala Celebration

Cheers to the New Year! Ring in 2024 at Catalina Island’s 50th Anniversary New Years Eve Gala Celebration held at the Casino Ballroom. Dress up in glitz and glam for a full night of celebration with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast. Dinner will be served buffet style and includes a carving station plus desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dance the night away under the classic balloon drop that will occur at midnight to countdown the new year. Purchase your tickets now at LoveCatalina.com.

New Year's Eve Party Hat

New Years Eve Celebration on Two Harbors

Harbor Reef Restaurant is ringing in the New Year on Two Harbors. For a casual and intimate celebration, Two Harbors is the perfect place to be for New Years Eve. Join in on the annual festivity with dinner, dancing and of course, a champagne toast to 2024. Don’t forget to call ahead of time to secure your reservations!

Polar Bear Swim & Plunge

Plunge into the New Year at the Polar Bear Swim & Plunge. The City of Avalon and the Catalina Swim Club invite swimmers from all levels to join. The Polar Bear Swim is approximately 1 mile at the Casino Dive Park beginning at 7:30am. Followed by the Polar Bear Swim is the Polar Bear Plunge at 11:30am which will continue at Middle Beach. Warm up after with some hot chocolate and light refreshments that will be served!

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.